I have a tendency to think anything I can do anyone can do. It’s always a surprise, a pleasant one, to have someone look at something I’ve done and think it’s good and wonder how I did it. Trust me, if I did it, so can you.
One of the best geekery tools I have bought myself is the small (photo-sized) HP scanner. I splurged on it just as I was finished the divorce and moving back home (to Ontario). I love the scanner. Of course, it took me several months to get past the unwrapping it stage. I knew it would be a great thing for making art. It’s even better than I thought really.
I can draw very few things, I’m not far beyond the whole ASCII art and stick figure stage. If I practice I can teach myself to draw other small things like a Canadian maple leaf, a few flowers and so on. Nothing elaborate or exquisitly beautiful. It bugs me at times cause I can see so many great pictures in my head. For now they are stuck up there.
Anyway, the drawing part is also interesting. There are so many things you can do with coloured pencils, gel pens, and different kinds of paper too. Experiment yourself. I also clip things out of magazines, sales flyers and the newspaper. I seldom use those for anything online though. Not yet anyway. The trick with using something you have cut out is to give it a white background. If you add a plain white sheet of paper behind the clipped out picture you will have a much easier time making use of it later. Plus, fewer of your jagged/ cut edges show.
Once you have your picture or drawing scanned you need to open it in a graphic program to finish it off, mainly to re-size it and add effects like fading it for a webpage background. I use the graphic program that came with MS FrontPage. I’ve yet to explore it fully but I’m getting to the good parts.
So, there’s the story of my web graphic ability. See, nothing you couldn’t do yourself with the right tools.